Holidays in October

October is the eighth month in the old Roman calendar.  October retained its name which comes from “Oct” meaning “eight”. January and February were later added to the Roman calendar.
October is the tenth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar and one of the seven months with a length of 31 days.

October 1
•World Vegetarian Day.
•Walt Disney World for children opens in the U. S.
•National Custodial Workers Day in the U.S.
•International Day for the Elderly declared by Department of Health and Human Resources of U. N.
•National Day celebrated in China.
•Armed Forces Day in South Korea.
•Goodwill Day in Namibia.
•Independence Day for Cyprus, Nigeria and Tuvalu.
•National Day in Botswana.
•Unification Day in Cameroon.
•United Nations Day in Barbados.
•National Day celebrated in China commemorates founding of the PRC on October 1, 1949 with a ceremony at Tiananmen Square. The Central People's Government passed the Resolution on the National Day of the People's Republic of China on December 2, 1949 and declared that October 1 is the National Day.

October 2
•Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday is celebrated as “Ghandi Jayanthi” in India. It is one of the three official declared National Holidays of India and is observed in all states and union territories. The United Nations General Assembly announced on 15 June 2007 that it adopted a resolution which declared that October 2 will be celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence.
•Independence Day in Guinea.

October 3
•Golf Lovers Day in the U.S.
•World Day for Animals.
•Independence Day in Lesotho.

October 5
•World Teachers Day.
•Proclamation of Republic is celebrated in Portugal.
•Fiji celebrates the anniversary of its independence from Britain in 1970.
•Republic Day in Portugal.
•Sports Day celebrated in Lesotho.

October 6
•German American Day.
•Universal Children's Day.
•Ivy Day celebrated in Ireland.
•Liberation War Day celebrated in Syria. It commemorates the Syrian Army’s successful advance into the Golan Heights during the 1973 October War.
•Earthquake Remembrance Day is a public holiday in Turkmenistan to pay respect to victims of the earthquake of 1948 in Ashgabat.
•Armed Forces Day is celebrated to commemorate the Egyptian Army’s successful crossing of the Suez Canal which led to the capture of the Bar Lev Line during the 1973 October War.

October 7
•World Communion Sunday celebrated by Christians who go for Sunday Service.

October 8
•International Children's Day.
•Independence Day in Croatia.
•Battle of Angamos commemorated in Peru.

October 9
•World Post Day.
•Independence Day in Uganda.
•Independence of Guayaquil Day in Ecuador.
•National Dignity Day celebrated in Peru.

October 10
•World Mental Health Day.
•Kruge Day celebrated in South Africa.
•Moi Day celebrated in Kenya.
•National Day for Taiwan.

October 11
•International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction.
•International Newspaper Carrier's Day.
•Beginning of Independence War in Cuba is commemorated.
•Revolution Day in Panama.
•Health and Sports Day Japan.
•Thanksgiving Day celebrated in Canada.
•Day of the Race Uruguay.

October 12
•National Day in Spain.
•Our Lady of Aparecida Day is celebrated in Brazil.
•Day of Indigenous Resistance is celebrated in Venezuela.

October 13
•Sunday school Appreciation Day celebrated by Christians who attend service on Sundays.
•National Poetry Day in the U.S.
•Dia de La Raza celebrated in Mexico.
•Independence Day for Guinea.

October 16
•World Food Day.

October 17.
•Dessalines Day celebrated in Haiti.

October 18
•Lord of the Miracles celebrated in Lima and Peru.

October 19
•International Credit Union Day.
•National School-Teacher Day in U.S.

October 20
•Heroes' Day in Jamaica.
•Kenyatta Day in Kenya.
•Revolution Day in Guatemala.

October 21
•Army Day in Honduras.
•Overseas Chinese Day in Taiwan.
•Revolution Day in Somalia.

October 22
•John Paul II Day in Vatican.

October 23
•Chulalongkorn Day celebrated in Thailand.
•National Liberation Day in Egypt.
•National Day or Revolution Day in Hungary

October 24
•United Nations Day.
•World Development Information Day.
•Independence Day in Zambia.
•Suez Victory Day in Egypt.

October 25
•October Holiday in Ireland.
•Labor Day in New Zealand.
•Chulalongkorn Day Observed in Thailand.

October 26
•Government Day in Rwanda.
•National Day in Austria.
•Revolution Day in Benin.

October 27
•Independence Day in Saint Vincent and Turkmenistan.
•Ochi Day in Greece.

October 28
•National Day in Cyprus.
•Independent Czechoslovak State Day celebrated in the Czech Republic.

October 29
•Cumhuriyet Bayrami is the Republic Day in Turkey. It commemorates the proclamation of the Republic in 1923.
•National Youth Day celebrated in Liberia.

October 31
•Chiang Kai-shek's Birthday celebrated in Taiwan.
•Reformation Day in Slovenia and Chile.
•Halloween celebrated in the U.S. and Canada.

First Monday in October is celebrated as Day of German Unity in Germany, National Foundation Day of South Korea and Morazan Day in Honduras. In The U.S. National Child Health Day /National Child [Youth] Health Awareness Day is also observed on the first Monday in October.

Health and Sports Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Japan. This national holiday was established in 1966 as a day on which to enjoy sports and commemorate the anniversary of the opening ceremony of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, in 2000.

Columbus Day is also celebrated on the second Monday of October, in the many parts of the Americas, to honors Christopher Columbus’s traditional discoverer of the Americas. In some areas it is also a celebration of Italian culture and heritage. In Hawaii and Bahamas it is celebrated as Discoverer's Day, though it is not an official state holiday.
Thanksgiving Day in Canada is also celebrated on the second Monday in October.

World Egg Day is observed on the second Friday of October as declared by the American Egg Board.

Vijaya Dashami also known as Dussehra begins between September last week and October first week. It is a festival celebrated in varying forms across many parts of Nepal and India. It is the grand culmination of the 10-day annual Navaratri festival. It is possibly the most celebrated religious festival in India after Diwali.

Diwali falls between the last week of October and first week of November. It is possibly the most celebrated religious festivals of Hindus in India. Diwali is the Festival of light commemorating the victory of Lord Ram the deity over the Demon Ravan. It celebrates the ultimate victory of Good over evil.
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